'The Gain Line' is a moving-image art work by Ravi Deepres which premieres at Rugby Museum & Art Gallery from 12 September 2015 - 9 January 2016, before travelling to ICIA, Bath from 25 September - 18 December and Phoenix, Leicester from 1 October - 29 November 2015
The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams' forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. Throwing their bodies into the fray to surpass it, and putting their bodies on the line to protect it, players attach inordinate importance to getting beyond this symbolic threshold on the pitch. Beneath the high-impact challenges that take place along this notional frontline, there is another 'gain line' players and coaches aspire to reach – one that parallels the rush of competing players with a swarm of chaotic, sometimes conflicting data, captured by a new generation of sensors that players wear in training, and in matches. Although rugby is a visceral, physical sport ('no pain, no gain' its philosophical mantra) it is also one that increasingly monitors and mobilises a range of sophisticated technological data (including GPS, heart rate and other readings). Combining insights gained from this new digital field, while also transporting us back to the historical origins of the game, Deepres’ work captures the intensity and dynamics of the sport while also evoking some of the physical and psychological forces it sets in motion.
The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ
12/09/2015 - 09/01/2016
Open Tue - Fri: 10AM - 5PM, Sat: 10AM - 4PM
4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG
01/10/2015 - 29/11/2015
Open Mon-Fri: 9AM - 11PM, Sat + Sun: 10AM - 11PM
University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY
Open Mon-Sat: 10AM - 5PM
Join us for a special screening of Ravi Deepres's 'The Gain Line', followed by an in-conversation with the artist and Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella.
Venue: The Rugby Village, Old Market Place, Rugby, CV21 2TX
Artist Ravi Deepres will be in conversation with sound designer Ben Ponton of :zoviet*france: and Mike Jones of FVU, discussing the making of The Gain Line and Ravi's approach to exploring the game of rugby through human movement and kinetic filmmaking.
Venue: Pheonix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in partnership with Phoenix, Leicester and ICIA, University of Bath. Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England.